My Heritage


Haiti used to be a rich country called by the French "the pearl of the Caribbean". It is named for an Indian word meaning "mountainous." It's most important legacy is it is the first black colony and only successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. It also inspired salve revolts in the U.S. However, since independence which was achieved in 1804, Haiti has grown into an environmental quagmire. That along with the political instability has left it the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has a population where 80 percent is unemployed.


Both of my parents were born and raised in Haiti. As a result I have grown up in Haitian culture as much as American culture. When I go home, I eat diri ak pois, and I have to kiss everyone in the house when I enter and do the same when I leave. I don't speak Creole though, but it's something I'm working on. A couple of months ago I found out that there will be an addition to my family. My father is adopting our cousin, an 11-year-old boy who lives in Haiti. Both of his parents died so he will live with us now. He doesn't know English yet, but I'm exciting for him to come. His name is Lorenzo.